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I would like to extend a very big thank you to the entire Southdowns community for the incredibly warm welcome that I have received.  Becoming familiar with each aspect of such an active, vibrant school will take time, but what I have seen and experienced so far has filled me with a sense of excitement, not only because of what the school has achieved in its short history, but also due to the potential that exists in looking forward. From the outset, I would like to commit myself to working with all stakeholders to help fulfil this potential.

As you all know, we have been taken over by new management, ADvTECH, and we are in the process of merging our two systems and becoming familiar with each other. Building plans for further expansion of the school have been drawn up and these are being scrutinised at present. I am of the opinion that we need to build with the school’s long-term future in mind, so that in time Southdowns College High School will look back with pride on a long, illustrious history, not only in terms of its infrastructure, but also through the achievements of its alumni, who would have travelled through its halls. 

My philosophy on education is that each pupil deserves the opportunity to achieve success in whatever field he or she may choose, with the school supplying the necessary teaching, resources, facilities, encouragement and coaching.  A school that veers off that path and begins to focus only on one particular group of pupils or on one aspect of endeavour runs the risk of never reaching its full potential.

I will need to watch the school travel through each of its seasons to grasp the full essence of Southdowns College. However, it is already obvious to me that the school has an excellent group of teachers who are committed to your child’s full educational experience. Along with the staff, I invite you, as the parent body, to partner with us in taking Southdowns College High School forward.

M.J. Smith


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